There has been huge anticipation over Amad Diallo’s Manchester United debut ever since he signed on the final day of the summer transfer window. After spending £22m, plus add ons, for a player who’s barely had any first team football, it’s understandable people would be keen to see what the hype is all about.
Born in the Ivory Coast, Diallo moved to Italy when he was 13 and has progressed up through the ranks at Atalanta. He scored four minutes in to his professional debut and became the first player born in 2002 to score in Serie A but has predominantly spent his time on the bench during this season.
Interest in the player only grew once he made the move to Manchester earlier this month, with whispers from the training ground suggesting United have a real player on their hands.
While Ole Gunnar Solskjaer won’t want to bring too much attention to the teenager, he has revealed that, unlike another new, young signing Facundo Pellistri, we should expect to see Diallo in the first team soon.
There have been talks, there have been quite a few clubs interested in Facundo to go out on loan. That’s maybe something we will let him do now. He’s had a few games in the Reserves. We want him to have regular football, of course, at a higher level. With Amad, I think it’s a different scenario. He’s just come in and he’s going through a good training regime, training programme, and he’s doing really well. It won’t be too long, I feel, before I can bring him into the squad.
Solskjaer was reiterating the comments he made about the youngster last week, with Diallo clearly doing something right behind the scenes since joining the club.
He can handle the ball. He’s enjoyed training and makes a difference in training, which is quite remarkable at his age. [He’ll need] some adjustment to settle into the hustle and bustle of the physical part of the Premier League. I can’t see it being too long until he’s in the squad. He’s definitely settled down well. The players have taken to him and he’s a very good character. [He’s] a very good, smily boy who works really hard. He’s doing his sessions and getting used to us, of course. There’s always a period of adjustment needed, but he’s settled in well.